Anyway, I went again several times to get something relieving for my sore throat. This time, I properly used GoPago, placing my orders on my phone while I was waiting to cross the street a few blocks away. Both times, when I walked in the door, the staff member looked up, greeted me by name, and told me she was just finishing up my order. What a wonderful experience! It was interesting to me in that felt even more personal that ordering in person, which isn't what you'd expect since I was cutting out a human interaction step by ordering on my phone.
I have been really impressed with the staff at Blue Hawaii. On every visit, they have all been friendly and personable. They make you feel very welcome. They also have a commitment to quality, always slicing the fresh fruit to order. Nothing is pre-made here.
I don't love the smoothies or the açaí bowls, but they are not things I normally order, and all of my visits have been when I'm sick and a little grumpy. I think I need to return sometime when I'm NOT sick to give them a fair evaluation!
|Small Simply Blue: Proprietary blend made with organic açaí, fresh banana and berries, topped with granola & bananas. $4.95.|
The açaí mixture was the same as before: icy, well blended, but it again it seemed too sweet. I love sweets, so it really weirds me out that I felt that way, and last time I blamed it on being sick, but I'm starting to think that perhaps it is just a sweetness that I don't care for. It made me really want some water to go with it, something to help cut the sweet.
On my previous visit, I didn't like the granola because my throat was so sore that it hurt to swallow the chunks of granola. This time, my throat wasn't quite as sore, but I still didn't like it. It seemed more rice crispies than granola, and it quickly got soggy when mixed with the açaí base. I did like having something else in the bowl as a textural contrast however.
The banana was just banana, but it was done as good as it gets: freshly sliced to order, perfectly ripe. There was a generous amount of it, since it was my only topping.
Overall, I didn't enjoy this very much, as it was too sweet, and I just wasn't into the granola or the banana really. It did feel good sliding down my throat. I think I might have just been in a grumpy mood from not feeling well though, as I kinda hated everything all day long.
|Outrigger Cooler.: organic soy milk, apple juice, mango, papaya, pineapple and strawberries. $5.45.|
Since I was splitting it with someone, I tried out a feature of GoPago I hadn't yet explored: "add special instructions". I entered a note asking for it to be split into two cups. They saw my note and nicely split it for me. Thanks, GoPago!
The smoothie was really well blended, a great consistency. The flavors were nicely balanced, it wasn't too sweet at all. I could taste the soy in the base a little, but as I love the flavor of soy, I do wish it were a little more pronounced.
Overall, well executed, clearly higher quality than what you'd get at Jamba Juice or elsewhere, but not really my thing. Again, I was mostly getting this just because I had a sore throat and wanted to soothe it.